Sunday, October 14, 2007
Juan Diaz (33-0, 17 KOs) “I thought Julio was going to box me more but he came to fight. That surprised me. I was able to lure him into my kind of fight, a toe to toe action fight. Julio had decent power which also surprised me.
It’s great if Pacquiao moves up to the lightweight limit of 135 pounds. I’d like to show my talents against a fighter of his skills. Pacquiao just fought an older Mexican warrior. Now he ought to fight a young Mexican warrior like me.
“Joel Casamayor wants to fight everybody. He’s an older fighter. I’d rather fight the best young fighters out there.”
Julio Diaz (34-4, 25 KOs) “I couldn’t get started tonight. Juan has a lot of energy. I tightened up when I tried to overpower him. Juan’s a hyper kid with a lot of heart.
“My brother Joel in my corner thought I was getting to hit too much, so he stopped the fight after the eighth round. It was Juan’s night tonight.”
Monday, October 08, 2007
It’s a special edition of HBO Boxing After Dark when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the super featherweight showdown Manny Pacquiao vs Marco Antonio Barrera II Saturday, October 13th, 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, calls all the action.
The fight, which took place Oct. 6 and was carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View, featured the highly anticipated rematch. Pacquiao scored a unanimous decision victory.
Following the Pacquiao-Barrera II replay, HBO will present the previously announced HBO Boxing After Dark lightweight unification title matchup between Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz from Chicago.
HBO2 playdates for both fights: Oct. 14 (9:00 a.m., 4:45 p.m.) and 16 (11:00 p.m.). Times are ET/PT.
Friday, September 14, 2007
One of the most exciting prizefighters in boxing, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Lightweight Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, and Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) Lightweight Champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz will meet in a compelling lightweight world-title unification match at Chicagoland’s new Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Don King hosted a press conference today in Chicago attended by Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz formally announcing their lightweight world championship unification match (WBA, WBO, IBF) at Sears Centre in nearby Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Oct. 13.
Both proud Mexicans were respectful of one another, but said and reiterated the fight is of tremedous personal importance to each of them.
Friday, June 08, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Four-time world lightweight champion and reigning IBA title-holder Stevie “Lil’ But Bad” Johnson has issued challenges to two of the three Diaz world lightweight champs - (WBA/WBO) Juan, and (IBF) Julio - as well as leading contender Joel Casmayor for a proposed title fight August 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Johnston’s promoter, Silverhawk Championship Boxing, recently sent substantial purse offers to representatives of the aforementioned lightweights with the understanding that a potential television deal would considerably increase the offer. None have yet to accept the challenge to fight Johnston.
David Diaz (32-1-1, 17 KOs) isn’t available because he’s scheduled to defend his WBC title August 4 against Erik Morales, while Juan (32-0. 16 KOs) reportedly has to fight his mandatory next.
Johnston (41-4-1, 18 KOs), 34, ruled the lightweight division between 1997 and 2000, capturing the WBC lightweight championship twice between 1997 and 2000, and he had seven successful title defenses. Stevie has beaten five major world champions—Sharmba Mitchell, Jean Baptiste Mendy, Cesar Bazan, James Page, and Alejandro Gonzalez - as well as more than a dozen other major world title challengers.
“Their managers need to go to Home Depot to get some plungers so they can un-pucker their fighters’ butts,” Johnson said. “I’m a real fighter. I worked my way back into position to fight any of those guys. I’m ready to go. It doesn’t matter which one, I just want to fight the best, and eventually unify all of the lightweight titles.”
Silverhawk’s initial offer to Julio Diaz’ people was countered, which was immediately accepted by Silverhawk, and both sides are still talking. “Stevie came up when the lightweight division had fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley, Jose Luis Castillo, Diego Corrales, Angel Manfredy and so many other great fighters,” Rider added. “He’s ready to take on any of today’s top lightweights right now.”
Rider noted that Johnson has nearly as many world title fight wins (12, 9 WBC, 2 IBA & 1 IBO) as the three Diaz champions combined (14 - David 1 WBC, 2 IBA; Juan 7 WBA, 1 WBO; Julio 3 IBF).
Sunday, February 04, 2007
IBF “interim” champ Julio Diaz won the IBF lightweight title outright with a third-round knockout over defending champion Jesus Chavez, who was counted out after injuring a knee. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – In a near shutout, 24-year-old “Bad” Chad Dawson took the World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight title from tough Polish champion Tomasz Adamek by unanimous decision in his first world title fight Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Park in Kissimmee, Fla. In a bizarre co-feature on the Showtime Championship Boxing world-title doubleheader, interim lightweight titleholder Julio Diaz won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title by knockout over embattled veteran Jesus Chavez.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Jesus Chavez, Tomasz Adamek, promoter Don King, Chad Dawson and Julio Diaz pose after Wednesday’s final press conference at Kissimmee, Fla. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
One night before the Super Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 3, Adamek (31-0, 21 KOs) will defend his WBC light heavyweight crown against Dawson (22-0, 1 NC, 15 KOs), while IBF lightweight titleholder Chavez will defend against Interim IBF 135-pound champion Diaz on Showtime Championship Boxing (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Fans attending the fight card at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla., will get a third world title fight: IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks against IBF No. 1 contender “Smooth” Rodney Jones.
Friday, January 26, 2007
One night before the Super Bowl, a world championship doubleheader will transpire on "Super Saturday" on Showtime. In Showtime Championship Boxing'S main event, two of the light heavyweight division's brightest stars will clash when exciting Tomasz Adamek (31-0, 20 KOs) risks his WBC belt against hard-hitting southpaw and WBC No. 2 contender "Bad" Chad Dawson (22-0, 15 KOs). Making his first start since he won the IBF lightweight belt in a bout against Levander Johnson that ended in tragedy 16 months ago, Jesus "El Matador" Chavez (42-3, 29 KOs) will defend against IBF interim champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz (33-3, 24 KOs) in the telecast's opener (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Fans attending the fight card at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee , Fla. , will get a third world title fight: IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks against IBF No. 1 contender "Smooth" Rodney Jones.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The only thing Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ International Boxing Federation (IBF) interim lightweight champion Julio Diaz is willing to lose when he opposes defending IBF lightweight champion Jesus Chavez on Saturday, Feb. 3, is that nagging “interim” label.
“I’m in great shape, at the right weight and really excited,” Diaz said. “I’m ready to go.”
Diaz (33-3, 24 KOs), of Indio, Calif., takes on Chavez (42-3, 29 KOs), of Austin, Texas, in the opening half of a world championship doubleheader on Showtime (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla.
If triumphant, Diaz becomes a two-time IBF lightweight title-holder and Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ fourth current world champion.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Don King Productions’ “Super Saturday” boxing card featuring three world championships will stay in Florida and take place on Feb. 3 at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
The event, originally slated for Miami, will now make history as the biggest fight card ever in the greater Orlando area featuring three world championship matches: undefeated World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will defend his crown against fellow unbeaten and WBC No. 2-ranked contender “Bad” Chad Dawson; International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Jesus “The Matador” Chavez will face IBF interim 135-pound champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz; and Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks will make a mandatory defense of his IBF junior middleweight title against IBF No. 1-ranked “Smooth” Rodney Jones.